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Bruce Lee’s Legacy Still Debated 40 Years After His Death

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As debates continue on whether Bruce Lee actually died and how exactly he died, fans are marking his death 40 years ago on 20th July  with art gallery shows, exhibitions and even street graffiti but some people are urging Hong Kong’s government to do more to honor the former British colony’s biggest star.

Lawmakers and scholars have joined calls from fans, fearing the government is wary of fully embracing Lee’s legacy. His enduring spirit of youthful rebellion and a willingness to fight big oppressors may have spooked city leaders prone to second-guessing their political masters in Beijing.

“The Hong Kong government or the people on top of the governing body are not thinking, first of all, in terms of Hong Kong people’s mindset,” said Lo Wai-luk, an associate professor in the Academy of Film at Hong Kong Baptist University.

“They think of how to do something to please the main Chinese government or not to violate” what they think Beijing likes, he said.

American-born but raised in Hong Kong, Lee died of brain swelling aged just 32 at the height of his fame. His most popular film, the worldwide blockbuster Enter the Dragon, was released just six days after his death in 1973.

The government did not respond to Reuters questions but in recent statements it has outlined a number of officially backed efforts to mark the anniversary.

It has supported a five-year exhibition, due to be opened on Friday by the city Financial Secretary John Tsang at a museum. The government film archive is also producing documentaries of his life and new prints of some of Lee’s films.

But some fans feel the government is simply making up for lost time and they are angry about the lack of a permanent memorial or museum to honour Lee.

A member of the city’s Legislative Council questioned officials over their failed negotiations two years ago to buy and restore Lee’s former mansion in the upscale Kowloon Tong suburb to create a museum devoted to him.

Gregory So, Hong Kong’s secretary for commerce and economic development, acknowledged Lee’s “tremendous contribution” to martial arts and cinema and the deep international and domestic interest in his life. But he said there were no plans to re-open negotiations on taking over Lee’s old home.

Some fans are happily taking matters into their own hands.

Amid the bustle of the business and entertainment district of Wanchai, a graffiti caricature of Lee marks the entrance to an alley that leads to an art gallery. Renowned avant-garde artists have attempted to capture his fighting spirit in paintings that line the walls.

Co-organiser Adam Chow said Lee’s “spirit and strong body” had a big impact on scrawny Hong Kong teenagers in the 1970s.

“At that time, Hong Kong people were so skinny, so as teenagers we were surprised he had a very strong body,” Chow said. “He also worked very hard and showed a lot of confidence to the public.”

 

Posters and T-shirts of Lee in his famous battle stance, scars torn across his muscled torso, remain hot items in markets.

Other fans will lay wreaths on Saturday at the foot of a statue of Lee, in full kung fu flight, on the Kowloon waterfront.

Wong Yiu-keung, chairman of Hong Kong’s Bruce Lee fan club, told Reuters the city’s government owed a great deal to Lee.

“They have always used him when promoting the city abroad but have never done anything in honour of him.”

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Video: Gabriel K strikes again in “Twanywede”

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Gabriel K is not new to the face of music. The singer has further cemented his place in the Ugandan music industry with his new Reggae ‘Twanywede’.

Gabriel K music is steadily rising through the playlists even when little is known of his private life. He has previously done much enjoyed songs We Just Want Love, Abeera Omu, Onsaana, Gimme The love, Done Waiting, Number One, Special Woman, among others.

His latest project has won him an appearance on Capital Radio’s Desert Island discs this Sunday which will make among the few Ugandan artistes to feature on this program. Clearly his works seem to speaker louder than many initially thought.

“Twanywede” was produced by Big Nash and written by the talented Shena Skies.

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Photos: Alex Muhangi Comedy Store reap un-earthed.

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While many people kept wondering where Comedy Store boss Alex Muhangi puts his Thursday reap with many arguing that city women will finish him, our snoops have dug deep.

Alex Muhangi is one of the very well placed people of his age in the country. We snapped the comedian while at his Najeera based apartments that are nearing completion. The comedian who did not want to talk about it declined to say a word but in our interactions with the casual workers we have discovered Alex Muhangi has several other apartments around town, some compete, others under construction. See this apartment in Najeera

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Maddox Sematimba gears up for concert

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Singer Maddox Ssematimba will tomorrow headlined his second concert happening at Sheraton Hotel Gardens. The concert dubbed Maddox Legendary Concert is organized by Sprout Africa, a company known for organizing the annual Tugende Mukikadde.

During a press conference held at Sheraton Hotel Ballroom on Tuesday evening, Maddox promised a show that Ugandans have never seen in a long time. “When it comes to doing live music, I trust myself on that and whoever doubts should make a date with me at Sheraton this Friday” Maddox said. He also went ahead and said that he will share stage with Legendary Singers Frank Mbalile and Sammy Kasule of Ziuwuuna Band. Among the young blood performing at Maddox show will be Spice Diana and Ykee Benda.

After the Sheraton Hotel show, Maddox will proceed to Freedom City on Sunday and also head to Jinja Trans Africa next weekend.

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